Watching college sports is something that every sports lover looks forward to no matter the day. Being able to watch a young athlete’s development throughout college is something that sports fans love to see whether it’s in baseball or women’s basketball. However, the college sports world has hit a roadblock recently. College sports as a whole are big contributors to a university’s money but the main providers of this money are football and men’s basketball. The two sports combined bring in roughly $40 million to the universities which in return these sports receive more funding as well as more chances to offer athletes scholarships, kicking the smaller sports to the curb. 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) provides a certain number of scholarships for each sport at each college. The scholarships listed on NCAA regulation show that each sport gets a certain number of scholarships to offer and the bigger sports get more of those spots. 

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) obtains 85 scholarship offers to give to student athletes who would play at that college in the future. Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) on the other hand obtains 63 scholarships offers since they are a smaller subdivision. But these are entirely different from other scholarship offers that other sports receive. 

College baseball receives 11.7 scholarship offers and are left to carry a 28 man roster. Softball is left with 12 offers and they carry a 29 person roster. These two sports are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to unfair distribution of scholarship offers. Many other sports programs are suffering in silence while others flourish in the world of college sports.

The reason that the bigger sports get more scholarship offers is because they bring in more money than every other sport. Football roughly brings in $31 million dollars and men’s basketball brings in $8 million and these two sports review the most scholarship opportunities with a combined 102 offers available to give out. While football and basketball players have a chance to play college sports, golfers and swimmers are less likely to receive a full or half ride because they don’t have the same chances. 

Smaller male sports aren’t the only ones suffering but rather all female sports suffer in general. Title IX gives female athletes an equal number of sports to play in college as men but the rule doesn’t give them the same scholarship opportunities. While men have a chance to receive a full ride, female athletes are struggling just to receive half ride scholarships. According to Statisa, males annually receive 3,000 more scholarship opportunities than female athletes. 

Although large male sports bring in more money to colleges, money shouldn’t be the only thing that colleges are worried about. Universities fund the bigger sports because those are the sports that bring in the bigger checks. This then goes hand in hand with how many scholarships the college can offer, so in layman terms, the more money the sport brings in the more scholarships it can offer. If the NCAA set a fixed amount of scholarships depending on the sport then smaller sports such as field hockey and cross country would feel just as big as football and basketball. This would bring forth a fair world in college sports.